LIMA — Lynne Focht wanted her students to work collaboratively. So on Wednesday morning, she brought her art class to a different classroom than normal. The task was simple: Design a figural sculpture, or a sculpture that resembles a person, with nothing more than recycled materials.
But there was a twist. Students were paired off into groups and given minutes to sketch a design, gather materials and start building their creations, all within a single class period.
Students were expected to use a collaborative problem-solving approach, adjusting their designs as needed to meet a deadline.
The interactive lesson was part of Lima Senior High School’s new makerspace lab, an interactive classroom dedicated to invention, innovation and experimentation.
The room is divided into two broad sections. On the left side, students brainstorm and design their ideas. And on the right side, students build and revise their creations.
Together, the makerspace lab offers students the chance to rotate through the full spectrum of the innovation process.
The concept has been adopted by educators, innovators and businesses, with collaborative workspaces cropping up in schools, shared offices and elsewhere.
But the makerspace lab at Lima Senior is not limited to physical creations. The lab can be used by any discipline, from science and technology to writing and even art.
“We’re implementing a design-thinking framework,” said Teresa Castellaneta, a technology integration coach for Lima Senior, who hopes the makerspace lab gives instructors in the academic building more opportunities for hands-on learning.
The school recently received nearly $16,000 from the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation to furnish the makerspace lab with high-tech equipment, like a 3-D printer, virtual reality station or video recording equipment, Castellaneta said.
For now, students will work with lower-tech materials, relying on their creativity to create something new.
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